Monday, March 31, 2008

Transitional Sewing

Yes, this transitional sewing plan happens twice a year...between summer and fall and between winter and spring. Since it's the time of year between winter and spring, and even though I am already thinking about wonderfully colored summer dresses in light and airy fabrics...the reality is that it is going to take a minute to get that warm here in the Northeast.

So every year I add several pantsuits to my list for both transitional periods...every year I get maybe one made. Which I then precede to wear into the dirt so that I end up right back where I started. And this year is no exception, 'cause there are two pantsuits on my transitional sewing list!



eta: In the interest of full disclosure - I made this suit last year! But it is the type of suit that I will be making for my transitional wardrobe. Don't want anyone thinking that this is something new! :)

Now I'm sure you are wondering why even make up a transitional sewing list? Well because I LIKE new clothes and you need something, you really do, for those slightly chilly yet beginning to get warmer days...and I am TIRED of my winter clothes! Aren't you?

So without further ado, here is my sewing list:

1. Make vanilla silk twill lined straight skirt to coordinate with Easter Suit jacket.

2. Chocolate brown/pink pinstripe pantsuit (already cut out from last fall - just waiting to be stitched). Make SW Mission Tank from pink silk crepe.

3. Pink cotton twinset - using Burda OOP cardigan & SW Mission Tank with tie.

4. Black ltwt gabardine pinstripe pantsuit - using V7944 and made exactly like the brown suit in the photo.

5. Brown cotton eyelet from Gorgeous Things in Tamotsu dress sleeveless with white piping. Make a white cotton shrug type sweater to wear with...

And that's my transitional list - short, sweet and hopefully doable. I am learning not to pile the entire world on it! *LOL* In the hopes of actually finishing all of the garments on the list.

So what about you? Are you sewing things for a transitional period or are you going full steam ahead into spring/summer? Or do you even have a transitional period? And for my friends on the other side of the world - how does this work for you? Do you transition or do you slide into a season full-tilt?

Now that the weekend from home dec hell is over - which btw I did not sew a thing! I gave in and purchased a lot of stuff!!! And even that made me feel like I was going to break out in hives! I will be working on my list and getting some things made!

18 comments:

  1. You look fantastic!!! I seem to be forgetting all about Spring and diving straight into summer! I just finished another sleevless dress and a simple A-Line skirt! LOL. I will have to plan for some transitional pieces before fall! LOL

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  2. I admire your planning - and the outfit you are waring in the photo! Well I am in Hong Kong and every year the hot humid summer seems to catch me out. I find it hard to make summer clothes when I am cold and vice versa so versatile easy separates that can work most of the year round are what I like to sew the most. You could almost call this transitional sewing I suppose!

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  3. Love the outfit! The blouse really makes it pop!

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  4. I'm always scrambling this time of year to figure out what to wear. We really don't have much of a spring or fall here, so I'm never prepared for this time of year. We seem to go from wool coats to tank tops in a matter of weeks.

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  5. your suit is amazing, i love those colors and textures. I am sewing summer clothes, my wardrobe for spring is all about layers, light shirts with cardigans or cropped jackets that can be pulled off if it gets hot in the afternoon.

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  6. WE are going into winter, but it doesn't get that cold here in Melbourne. Yes some days have a cold antartic blast...brrr...but then the next day could be quite mild. So I wear my work gear all year round. I would like some casual jackets ( for weekends etc) to wear in the mornings when it is a bit chilly this time of year. Had better put that on my transitional list!

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  7. The transition usually is from summer to autumn/winter here in FL. No true winter so autumn clothes take me into spring. And then it's full-out summer, which is where I am just about now. I'd really like more jackets in my wardrobe for autumn/winter but I usually only manage about 1 per year and then it's summer again.

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  8. Not much in the way of transitional here either. We'll have just a few weeks of beautiful weather here that I would consider good summer weather - 70's-80, then all of a sudden it's so hot that you just go from air conditioning to air conditioning, and that lasts til October.
    This year I've got a jump on hot summer because of my Carib wardrobe.

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  9. It seems like around here, spring only lasts 3 weeks - it goes from freezing cold to smokin' hot in no time. Each year, I have plans to make a spring coat and then it gets hot too fast and I shelve the project. But, maybe this is the year of the spring jacket...

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  10. Very cute pantsuit and great job on the sewing. Our spring usually lasts a few weeks and I just skip spring sewing for summer. Now this year, I think spring has forgotten us.

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  11. Carolyn, you are so gorgeous in your new outfit!

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  12. Yep - in Upstate New York, you definitely need transition pieces because it might be 75 when you leave work...but it was 35-40 when you left home that morning. I'm in the middle of making a matching safari jacket and skirt out of stretch twill from Gorgeoud Fabrics, a couple of coordinating tops and a coordinating print dress(I have not found fabric for that yet).

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  13. Amen, sister! I am *so* tired of winter clothes. Layers and transitional clothes are very important here in New England. I love your new ideas - they definitely will span the seasons and not be boring.

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  14. I'm currently working on my spring/summer wadrobe inspired by Carolina Herrera. I think everyone whether you sew or not needs transitional clothing. New things always make me feel good.

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  15. Love your suit! It looks fantastic! It is time for transitional clothing ... I need to work on that!

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  16. Great transitional sewing list. I've never thought about a transitional wardrobe. I guess, since I'm such a suit person, I just shed the coat and sport the suits. But I like the idea and could use some couture sewn suits... mmm my brain is brewing...lol.

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  17. In Louisiana, we really only have 2 seasons: hot and not-so-hot. As a SAHM, my wardrobe is extrememly casual. I love 3/4 sleeves for Nov to Mar. The rest of the year, it's short sleeves. For days when it starts at 40 degrees and ends in the 80s, well, I just turn to the denim jacket. All that to say, I really don't need a transitional wardrobe.

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  18. You look terrific in that brown suit!

    Like you, I am currently making plans for a transitional wardrobe *included* in my spring/summer project list; I'm favoring pant suits (I have a ivory patrones pant suit in mind, just TDF, plus a jacket using the same fabric used for some pants I made three years ago; you've seen the jacket's model already: it's a BWOF pattern for which I'll be using the large squared mother of pearl buttons I got from Laura; and it's in progress right now, I'm thread tracing it!).

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